René has over 20 years of experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer & commercialization, business development, public/private collaborations, consulting, and economic development. He is currently the Director of Scientific Ecosystems and Ideation at Team8, a venture group and company creation platform focused on solving problems of magnitude in enterprise technologies, digital transformation, cybersecurity, data & AI. He is also an instructor of the Lean Startup methodology for the NYC Regional Innovation Node and the co-founder of three startups. Previously, he was the founding Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub; the Special Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the City University of New York; the Director of Industry Interactions and Entrepreneurship at the Columbia University Data Science Institute; the Chief Business Officer at the New York Academy of Sciences; Associate Director at Columbia's Science & Technology Ventures; a consultant in Ernst & Young’s healthcare/HIT consulting group; and spent several years in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Eric Kandel, at the Columbia University Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. René earned both his Master’s in Biomedical Informatics and his B.A. from Columbia University.